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Dodging the threat of Tropical Storm Franklin by a day, the International Costa Maya Festival was back in full force for its 25th Anniversary celebrations after being postponed last year due to another storm - Hurricane Earl.

The festival took place from August 3 to the 6 at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. There had never before been such an impressive lineup of international performers as the festival celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Ballet Folklorico de Quintana Roo, Mexico
Ballet Folklorico de Peten, Guatemala
Caribbean Kings Band of Belize

Singer Felix LT of Panama
Grupo Yerbaklan of Honduras
Super G - Belize’s Punta King
Caribbean Soca Queen Alison Hinds - Barbados

Dance Group Grupo Crash from El Salvador
Stig di Artist - Singer from Belmopan City, Belize
World Culture Band - San Ignacio, Belize
Larubeya Band - Garifuna rhythms from Dangriga, Belize
Sonora Dinamita from Colombia

Miss Belize Costa Maya, Michelle Nuñez was crowned Miss Costa Maya 2017 and won Best National Costume while Miss Panama Maria Fernanda Jaspe won first runner up and Miss Nicaragua Danielle Nicole Hodgson Joseph took title of second runner up.

Although attendance has been better in previous years at the festival grounds, Ambergris Caye was bustling with activity. Hotels were booked, golf cart rentals were exhausted, restaurants and bars were busy as the island filled up with visitors wanting to enjoy the popular weekend on Ambergris Caye. The festival was created to fill the gap of low activity on the island during the slow season.

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Miss Costa Maya 2017, Miss Belize, Michelle Nuñez

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